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Colombo Shopping
Colombo Shopping Guide -
As the business and cultural district of the country, Colombo has good representations of traditional wares from all over Sri Lanka including items on a more contemporary shopping menu. Aside from shopping arcades in many hotels, there are great varieties of specialty shops in the Colombo. >Majestic City and Liberty Plaza are the 2 main department stores, both with supermarkets (Cargills and Keells respectively), stocking a wide range of foreign goods and products.

Pettah is a site for good bargains on anything and everything. The normal shops in Pettah close on Sundays but the Main Street substitutes as an open air bazaar. Another similar bazaar develops well on Olcott Street, near Fort railway station.

Sri Lanka is a main garment manufacturer and exporter. Famous international brand name clothes are available at very reasonable prices. The well known Odel on 5 Alexandra Place, Lipton Circus, Colombo 7 is the place where you can find cotton shirts, T-shirts, jumpers and padded jackets as well as a snack at the in house cafe.

Another similar shop is Cotton Collections at Ernest de Silva Mawatha, Colombo 7 where you can find clothing for women, men and children. Both have branches in Majestic City.Kids, 169 kynsey Road, Colombo 8, is a place for pre teenage clothing and Toys For U, 385 RA De Mel Mawatha is where toys are sold.

Majestic City has Leather Collection for bags and shoes. Although gem and jewellery shops are distributed throughout Colombo, the greatest concentration is at the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Exchange, 310 Galle Road, Colombo 3 where the State Gem Corporation has a testing centre (telephone: 576144-46).

Laksala, the state run emporium, 60 York Street, Fort (telephone: 323513) is the best place for handicrafts. Lanka Mahila Samiti Craft Centre, 1st Floor Unity Plaza, Galle Road, Colombo 4, has rural handicrafts at good prices and Barefoot, 704 Galle Road, Colombo 3, provides quality handicrafts at higher rates.

For antiques, buyers can visit Paradise Road, which doubles as a restaurant and has several branches, and Lanka Ceramics Ltd,.(Telephone: 589349) at Bambalapitiya is ideal for ceramics.

For a taste of the best tea in the world, sales counters at the Sri Lanka Tea Board, 574 Galle Road, Colombo 3, is a great place for it.

Bookshops at the Serendib Gallery sell rare books on Sri Lanka and on antiques. For contemporary books, buyers can head for Vijitha Yapa 202-5 Galle Road; Unity Plaza, Colombo 4 (another branch on the same side of the road); Lake House Bookshop, 100 Chitt ampalam Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 3; and Bookland, 20 Street, Michaels Road, Union Assurance Centre, Colombo 3.